Xenon shows promise to prevent brain injury from lack of oxygen in newborns

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2005
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    UK neonatal researchers reported positive early results this week from the experimental treatment of a newborn baby with xenon inhalation in addition to cooling to prevent brain injury after a lack of oxygen at birth.

    The baby boy, Riley Joyce, was born to a healthy mother after a normal pregnancy but had no pulse and was not breathing when he was delivered by emergency caesarean section.

    Marianne Thoresen, professor of neonatal neuroscience at the University of Bristol and one of the researchers who developed the xenon treatment, said, “It was the typical story with sudden unexpected fetal distress ending in emergency caesarian section. The baby was in poor condition at birth, with an Apgar score of 0 and needing full resuscitation. He had a typical picture of moderate-severe perinatal asphyxia, developed seizures early, and …

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